Preferred Pronouns: She/Siya (gender neutral Filipino pronoun)
Amihan Jennifer Matias comes to the Women’s Fund with over 30 years of experience working with social justice and social change organizations, and over 25 years of nonprofit management experience. Amihan has overseen the creation and implementation of several cutting edge and nationally recognized executive leadership development programs. These have included a nonprofit executive coaching program for emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders of community-based organizations, a nonprofit management training institute, and a six-month leadership forum for women of color leaders called “And Still We Rise.”
Amihan is a social justice activist, community builder, and leader who has a long history of community activism. She is a founder of Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAP) For Health and the recently formed Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alliance of Western MA. Amihan has served on the board of directors of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) and the steering committee of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women’s Social Justice Project. She helped to establish the Jasmine Asian Women’s Giving Circle in collaboration with the Boston Women’s Fund and the Haymarket People’s Fund. She was also involved in the planning and coordination of the Welcoming Massachusetts campaign of the Massachusetts Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, an immigrant rights initiative to welcome and facilitate the positive integration of immigrants and refugees into their Massachusetts communities. Amihan is a founding board member of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership.
Amihan is also the founder and principal of KAPWA Racial Equity Transformation, which offers racial equity, organization, and leadership coaching, consulting, facilitating, training, and mediation services.
Amihan has been trained as a co-active coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coach Federation. She is a racial equity and cultural humility consultant and trainer with a background in Equity Institute and Empowering Multicultural Initiatives training models. Amihan has studied intercultural communication and mediation at Lesley University. She is also certified as a trained mediator in the state of MA. Amihan has a degree in social work from Salem State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University School of Management.
In her free time, Amihan enjoys walks in the woods, reading a good book, looking up at star-filled night skies, experiencing the magic of meadows filled with fireflies, playing Scrabble, and sinking into deep and meaningful conversations with people.